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Archive for May, 2007

114th Annual Meeting of The Municipal Art Society – Members Only

Tuesday, June 26, Meeting at 6:00 p.m., Reception at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we honor the groups, projects and individuals whose work helps define the character of New York. 2007 Annual Award Recipients
  • The Greenmarkets Program
  • Take the Field
  • Carlton Brown, CEO, Full Spectrum Development
  • The Strand Book Store
Please note: this event is strictly for members and invited guests only. Seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP by phone to 212-935-2075, by e-mail rsvp@mas.org, or reserve your place online.

Special Advocacy Program: Coney Island On the Cusp of Change

dreamland circus 1917Wednesday, June 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Art Society People the world over have a nostalgic attraction to Coney Island. As the city and private developers embark on an extensive plan to remake “Sodom by the Sea,” the world’s playground is likely to change in unforeseen and permanent ways. Join the Municipal Art Society and Coney Island USA as a panels of experts explore the historical context, the scope of redevelopment and its impact. Dreamland Circus, Coney Island Credit: Coney Island Museum Continue Reading>>

Climate Change in NYC: Designing and Building for What’s to Come

Monday, June 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. According to Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research, the sea level around New York City may rise more than two feet by the year 2080. In addition, “flooding by major storms would inundate many low-lying neighborhoods and shut down the metropolitan transportation system with much greater frequency.” Increases in average temperature in the same period are predicted to be between 4 and 10 degrees. The impact on the city’s infrastructure will be profound. We invite you to join an expert panel moderated by Michael Gerrard as they explore how New York City should prepare itself. Continue Reading>>

Among MASterwork Winners, Adaptive Reuse is Common Theme

The bold, new Hearst Tower and the GM Building’s superbly redesigned Fifth Avenue Plaza, both in Midtown, have won 2007 MASterworks Awards. The skillful restoration of the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan and Red Hook’s new Fairway Market also took top honors. The awards were presented on May 9 at the GM Building’s plaza. “Each of these distinctive projects gives New Yorkers something new to be proud of,” MAS Chairman Philip Howard said. “But at a time when the city is seeing an astonishing amount of new development and construction, it is worth noting that each of this year’s winners — albeit in very different ways — paid attention to the precepts of adaptive reuse.” Continue Reading>>

Landmarks Commission Deserves $1 Million Budget Increase

preservation lobby day 2007The MAS joined almost 70 other groups in co-sponsoring the First Annual NYC Preservation Lobby Day on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. All of the groups have joined together to request a $1 million increase in the LPC’s Budget. View footage from the rally Last year, led by Council members Lappin, Avella and Reyna, the City Council increased the budget of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) by $250,000 for the current fiscal year. See this chart on the increase. Consequently, the LPC was able to hire five new staff dedicated to research and designation and is on target to designate more than 1,000 historic buildings by the end of this fiscal year – a 2,000 percent increase in the number of buildings designated in 2005. We need to make sure that this year the LPC gets a larger increase so they can continue designating buildings at the same pace, and increasing their efficiency in issuing permits. Continue Reading>>